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1st XV - Match centre

Jed-Forest RFC
Marr RFC
Tries
R Miller, L McLoughlin, F Grant, B Johnston
Conversions
L McLoughlin
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - Club Championships - Tennent's National League Division 1 Full time

Error count kills Marr as we shoot ourselves in the foot

2 points salvaged at Jed after a 2nd half collapse

The 1s visit to Riverside Park to play Jed-Forest was the proverbial game of two halves. Leading 7 – 10 at the beak, despite playing a man short after a yellow card, Marr appeared to have a reasonable hold on the match with slight dominance in the pack, especially at the set piece. However things started to unravel as the home side shifted up a gear and landed three tries in quick succession, with two coming from unforced Marr errors where they lost possession and were punished by Jed’s back’s electric pace and evasive running. Going into the final five minutes of the match Marr trailed 29 – 10 but in an explosive finale Marr’s never give up attitude was rewarded as they added two tries and a conversion to salvage two bonus points.

Marr started the match well and had several good attacking opportunities but these were thwarted by a combination of solid defence and/or offloads in contact or final passes not quite going to hand. Jed-Forest were always dangerous on the counterattack and opened the scoring following a defensive breakout. Marr countered with a try from Ross Miller who scored off a rolling maul from a close range attacking lineout. On the half hour Liam McLoughlin added a second with a good solo effort. He latched on to a mistake by Jed, as they attacked in Marr’s half, to collect a loose ball and chip it deep into Jed territory and raced on beating their pacey defenders over a 60 metre foot race hacking on before gathering and scoring in the corner.

Jed opened the scoring in the second half as they pounced on a mistake by Marr, who were attacking close to Jed’s line, to gain possession and take play to the other end of the pitch and score a try. Over the next thirty minutes Jed continued to dominate and the Young brothers were in their element as they exposed and exploited any sign of a gap in Marr’s defence. Three tries were added with one of these coming from a breakout from deep defence as Marr again failed to finish off from a good attacking position and lost possession.

Jed-Forest RFC v Marr Rugby (8.9.18)
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As the match drew to a close Marr finally manged to get themselves together in a more cohesive way. Replacements Fraser Grant and Mackenzie Pearce added new energy and Grant was on the end of a scoring pass as he powered his way into the scorner to touch down. From the restart Jed tried to close the match out but Marr’s determination was rewarded with a penalty and they took play back into Jed’s half. Some frenetic but determined play followed and in a final act Marr’s Ben Johnston broke through several tackles to score the bonus point try. Liam McLoughlin converted to bring Marr the losing bonus. In the final play Jed nervously clung to close the game out on as Marr tried to win possession and cause an upset.

The final whistle brought relief to Jed and frustration to Marr who knew they could have and should have done better.

Marr Rugby 1st XV man of the match – Ben Johnston

Marr Rugby 1st XV scorers
Tries: Ross Miller; Liam McLoughlin; Fraser Grant and Ben Johnston
Conversions: Liam McLoughlin

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Ben Johnston

Player of the Match

Ben Johnston

Key moments

10:00
Try Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
20:00
Try Liam McLoughlin scores for Marr RFC
70:00
Try Fraser Grant scores for Marr RFC
75:00
Try Ben Johnston scores for Marr RFC
76:00
Conversion Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC

Videos and photos

Jed-Forest RFC v Marr Rugby (8.9.18)
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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ben Johnston is awarded player of the match for Marr RFC
76:00 Conversion 0 - 22
Liam McLoughlin kicks a conversion for Marr RFC
75:00 Try 0 - 20
Ben Johnston scores for Marr RFC
71:00 Missed Conversion
Conor Bickerstaff misses a conversion for Marr RFC
70:00 Try 0 - 15
Fraser Grant scores for Marr RFC
End of period 1
35:00 Yellow Card
Tom Steven is yellow carded for Marr RFC
21:00 Missed Conversion
Liam McLoughlin misses a conversion for Marr RFC
20:00 Try 0 - 10
Liam McLoughlin scores for Marr RFC
11:00 Missed Conversion
Liam McLoughlin misses a conversion for Marr RFC
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Ross Miller scores for Marr RFC
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As it happened

  • Jed-Forest RFC
  • Marr RFC
  • 0
  • Ross Miller Try 10:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Try 20:00'
  • Tom Steven Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Fraser Grant Try 70:00'
  • Ben Johnston Try 75:00'
  • Liam McLoughlin Conversion 76:00'

Team selection

McLoughlin, Liam McLoughlin, Liam
Bickerstaff, Scott Bickerstaff, Scott
Paxton, Gregor Paxton, Gregor
Walker, Ali Walker, Ali
Steven, Tom Steven, Tom
Bickerstaff, Conor Bickerstaff, Conor
Hazel, Ali Hazel, Ali
Miller, Ross Miller, Ross
Johnston, Angus Johnston, Angus
Johnston, Ben Johnston, Ben
Law, Dan Law, Dan
Bulger, Ewan Bulger, Ewan
Henderson, Calvin Henderson, Calvin
Adair, Stephen Adair, Stephen
Farquhar, William Farquhar, William

League round up

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Gala RFC
Kirkcaldy RFC
Kelso RFC
Musselburgh RFC
Aberdeen Grammar Rugby
Dundee HSFP RFC
GHA RFC
Hamilton Rugby Club
Selkirk RFC

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Hamilton Rugby Club 0 0
7. Jed-Forest RFC 0 0
8. Kelso RFC 0 0
9. Kirkcaldy RFC 0 0
10. Marr RFC 0 0
11. Musselburgh RFC 0 0
12. Selkirk RFC 0 0

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